Peyton Smith Signs with Potomac State Volleyball
Peyton Smith signs with Potomac State Volleyball. Pictured are, Front Row Left to Right Candi Smith, Peyton Smith, Greg Smith. Back Row Left to Right Aaron Whitford, (Coach) Joy Vandine (Coach), Leah Smith, (sister), Ron Lyons (principal)
Keyser, WV -Peyton Smith is as excited as Potomac State College is set to welcome a new volleyball player to the roster.
Smith of Hedgesville High School accepted her invitation to the rising program packed with Eastern Panhandle standouts who helped the program reach historic heights in 2011.
The senior is looking forward to her new team after achieving her goal to play collegiate sports.
"I'm really excited," Smith said. "I've worked for six years at volleyball, and I've always wanted to play volleyball in college."
Smith is excited to be attending Potomac State to play volleyball and to earn her associate's degree in biology before moving on.
"I picked it because it's not too far from home," Smith said.
After spending two years at Potomac State, she plans to transfer to West Virginia, where she intends to finish her degree in biology in hopes of one day becoming a pediatrician.
Smith does not yet know if she will continue to play volleyball after leaving Potomac State.
"I would definitely like to continue to play at WVU," she said, "but if I'm unable to then I'm going to just continue with my schooling."
With high school almost behind her, she is excited and sad about the coming transition to college.
"Part of me wants to graduate, but another part is going to miss the coaches and the environment of playing on a high school team," Smith said. "I'm definitely going to miss the girls this year. We became so close that they are now like sisters to me."
Smith currently plays on a travel volleyball team, the Potomac Elite. She has played in the league for six years and feels that it has definitely helped her improve.
“I am excited to see what Peyton can bring to our offense", said Potomac State Head Volleyball Coach Martha Ganoe. "She has the potential to bring a lot of leadership and intelligence to this team. She likes to win and plays hard every point no matter the score. She will fit in well with the girls and has the ability to step right in and take over the setting position."
Smith was the starting setting for her high school team and also captain of her club volleyball team for the past two years. Not only has Peyton demonstrated success on the court but her success also carries over to the classroom. She currently holds a 4.7 GPA and is Treasurer of the National Honor Society at Hedgesville High School. Peyton is also a recipient of the WV Promise Scholarship.
"None of this would have happened if my parents and coaches hadn't helped me succeed in volleyball," Smith said.